... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through this
Today... there remains a moderate risk for the formation of dangerous
rip currents as long period swells continue to roll in. This is
resulting in occasionally rough surf conditions.
The Breakers in the beach swimming zone can knock swimmers and
waders down into the sand... causing injury.
The swells will very very slowly decay late today into Friday.
That may mean a somewhat lower risk for the formation of dangerous
rip currents Thursday and Friday. Still, it is strongly advised to
swim only in designated areas watched by lifeguards. Swimming
after the lifeguards go home or where lifeguards do not have you
in sight raises the risk of injury or death due to rip currents.
Some beaches however may no longer have lifeguards on duty now
that it is late in the season.
Outlook for the Labor Day weekend... swells are likely to build
even higher than what has occurred the past couple of days. Breakers
around 6 feet or a bit higher are possible by Sunday along with
above normal tides. Rip current danger and wave related injury
risk will probably be a little worse than what we've experienced
so far this week.
A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip
currents... longshore currents... sneaker waves and other hazards
create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution
should be used when in or near the water.